5300 McConnell awarded Merit at the 2018 AIA OC Design Awards


During the 2018 AIA Orange County Design Awards Gala, ShubinDonaldson’s 5300 McConnell project was awarded the Merit Award within the Built Commercial Category.

From the AIA Orange County:
“The jury was struck by the remarkable transformation the architect achieved with the seemingly simple louvered screen addition to the façade. Closer inspection however revealed a sophisticated composition and clever use of material and texture to rejuvenate an otherwise banal and dated concrete tilt-up structure. The architects were smart to put all their effort into one powerful gesture which paid off handsomely in return. Congratulations Shubin Donaldson.”

(From left to right) Team-members from our OC office,  Zhimin, Ruth, and Christiane were in attendance to accept the award.

You can view the full entry for the project along with other winners of the AIA OC Design Awards here:

More about the project:

On the south façade facing the street and approach, a bright red metal enclosure frames the main lobby entry.

Initially built in 1984, the 73,000 square-foot building offered a generic appearance – an anonymous solution to an unknown office tenant. 30+ years later the building has a new life, bringing specific solutions to siting and targeting creative office tenants to reinvigorate the space.

See the full project here:


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